Know How To Help People Manage Stress?
Epstein Stress Management Inventory for Managers (ESMI-m) v. 2.3, © 2008-2017, Dr. Robert Epstein  

You are about to take the unabridged version of the Epstein Stress Management Inventory for Managers (or ESMI-m). Designed by Dr. Robert Epstein (follow on Twitter at @DrREpstein), one of America's most distinguished research psychologists, this scientifically-validated test is an inventory of 10 types of skills that managers need in order to help others avoid and manage stress. Although designed for the business environment, the test may also be helpful for parents and teachers.

Most people are able to complete the test in less than 15 minutes, and there are no right or wrong answers. Just select the response that seems best. After you answer the questions, you will be given a detailed report that will give you your scores and explain what they mean. This is just the start; once you know your ESMI-m scores, there are many avenues you might pursue to improve your ability to manage the stress of your subordinates. Dr. Epstein's book, The Big Book of Stress Relief Games, contains 50 games and exercises designed to strengthen such skills. A longer version of the book, Stress Management and Relaxation Activities for Trainers, is available for professional trainers.

If you are conducting research and would like to collect raw data for a group that is taking this test - for a business, research study, classroom activity, or other purpose - please see our Group Testing Instructions

If you are interested in improving your own stress management skills, you might want to take the Epstein Stress Management Inventory for Individuals (ESMI-i), which measures 4 core competencies that are essential for individual stress management. That test can be accessed free of charge at MyStressManagementSkills.com

Before we get to the inventory itself, we'll ask you a few basic questions about yourself. Demographic information is being collected for research purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential.

To make sure the scoring is accurate, be sure to fill in all the blanks!

*Required response


Group code (if applicable):


*First name and last initial:

*Age: 

*Highest Degree:
None
High School
Community College
Bachelors
Masters
Doctorate

*Race/Ethnicity:
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Other

*Gender:
Male
Female
Other

*Organization Type:
Business
Non-Profit
School
Home
Other

*How fluent are you in English?
Not fluent   10  Very fluent

*In general, how much stress do your subordinates currently experience in your organizational environment?
Very little   10  A great deal

*In general, how strong is morale among your subordinates?
Very strong   10  Very poor

*In general, how good is the health of your subordinates?
Excellent   10  Poor

*In general, how productive are your subordinates?
Very productive   10  Not productive

*In general, how much turnover is there among your subordinates?
Low turnover   10  High turnover

*In general, how much stress do you experience in your organizational environment?
None   10  A great deal

*Have you had any training in managing the stress of other people?
No  Yes

*If so, approximately how many hours of training have you had?


Where did you receive this training?


*How many years have you been in a management position?


*How many people in your organization are you responsible for?


Thanks! Now here is the test itself:

For each of the following questions, select the answer that best applies to you.


*1. I assign projects to my employees that fit their skills and abilities.
Agree             Disagree


*2. Environmental factors such as lighting and noise have little effect on stress.
Agree             Disagree


*3. I plan each day carefully.
Agree             Disagree


*4. I provide my employees with counseling services when needed.
Agree             Disagree


*5. I evaluate my employees' job skills to determine strengths and weaknesses.
Agree             Disagree


*6. I rarely or never evaluate my employees' stress-management skills.
Agree             Disagree


*7. I provide personal trainers or massage therapists in the workplace.
Agree             Disagree


*8. I use ergonomic principles when equipping my workplace.
Agree             Disagree


*9. I provide staff with rest, game, or fitness areas to help them manage stress.
Agree             Disagree


*10. I periodically provide training opportunities to meet the needs of my employees.
Agree             Disagree


*11. I try to involve employees in many aspects of decision making.
Agree             Disagree


*12. I periodically perform stress audits in my organization.
Agree             Disagree


*13. I regularly practice breathing, imagery, or other relaxation exercises.
Agree             Disagree


*14. I often solicit ideas from my employees.
Agree             Disagree


*15. My employees are well compensated for their work.
Agree             Disagree


*16. I state objectives, describe assignments, and define job parameters clearly.
Agree             Disagree


*17. I do not provide any type of job counseling for staff.
Agree             Disagree


*18. Poor lighting, noise, and other environmental factors can contribute to stress.
Agree             Disagree


*19. I rarely practice relaxation exercises.
Agree             Disagree


*20. I rarely provide training opportunities for employees.
Agree             Disagree


*21. I try to teach my employees effective ways to relax.
Agree             Disagree


*22. My employees know that they have room for advancement in the workplace.
Agree             Disagree


*23. I periodically assess and try to reduce sources of stress in the workplace.
Agree             Disagree


*24. I deliberately manage my thinking in order to improve my attitude.
Agree             Disagree


*25. I use contracts or other means to try to give my employees a sense of job security.
Agree             Disagree


*26. I regularly seek to reduce or eliminate sources of stress in my own life.
Agree             Disagree


*27. I periodically provide stress-management training for my staff.
Agree             Disagree


*28. I try to minimize the stress associated with training or retraining.
Agree             Disagree


*29. My office is adequately staffed.
Agree             Disagree


*30. I sometimes bring meditation or other relaxation experts to the workplace.
Agree             Disagree


*31. I regularly help my staff reach consensus on key issues.
Agree             Disagree


*32. I encourage my employees to socialize with one another.
Agree             Disagree


*33. I don't hesitate to ask my employees to work extra hours.
Agree             Disagree


*34. I use peer counseling in the workplace to help employees solve problems.
Agree             Disagree


*35. I often acknowledge and reward excellence among my employees.
Agree             Disagree


*36. I encourage my employees to plan ahead in order to avoid last-minute stress.
Agree             Disagree


*37. I try to use humor in the workplace to boost morale or diffuse tension.
Agree             Disagree


*38. I provide space, funds, or other resources to help employees socialize.
Agree             Disagree


*39. I periodically measure the stress levels of all my employees.
Agree             Disagree


*40. I think that employee socializing is a waste of time and resources.
Agree             Disagree


*41. I try to distribute workloads fairly among my employees.
Agree             Disagree


*42. I make an ongoing effort to prevent and resolve conflict in the workplace.
Agree             Disagree


*43. I periodically evaluate my employees' stress-management skills.
Agree             Disagree


*44. I periodically assess and reduce potential hazards in the workplace.
Agree             Disagree


*45. I encourage my employees to take frequent breaks.
Agree             Disagree


*46. I provide competitive wages and benefits for my employees.
Agree             Disagree


*47. Measuring the stress levels of employees is a waste of time and resources.
Agree             Disagree


*48. My instructions to staff are often vague or unclear.
Agree             Disagree


*49. I try not to overload my staff members with too much work.
Agree             Disagree


*50. I periodically seek to reduce sources of stress in my organization.
Agree             Disagree